TRANMERE Rovers are preparing for what promises to be a challenging FA Cup qualifier against Barrow this weekend.

Micky Mellon's second game in charge will come in a competition in which he starred in the quarter-finals as a player at Rovers in 2004, losing out in a replay against Millwall.

He is looking to build on last weekend's display, which ended with a 2-0 victory against Wrexham at Prenton Park.

Looking ahead to Saturday's game during a press conference at the club this afternoon, he said: "The boys will be as well prepared as they can be for Barrow.

"Hopefully, a sprinkle of magic will come our way.

"It's about playing and winning games of football.

"I'll only take one game at a time."

The manager’s enthusiasm for success in the FA Cup is echoed by defender Richie Sutton, who said this afternoon: "If we don't perform on Saturday, we won’t get any further.

"We have to challenge for top spot in the FA Cup and not taking our feet off the gas.

"It can galvanise out league form, because you play against teams of all different levels.

"If we don’t get through these early rounds, we don’t get the chance to play teams like Liverpool in the later rounds."

In the week since being appointed manager, Mellon has been working with the squad on his method of play.

He said: "I've really enjoyed being back at the club and getting the lads to try out different ways to attack on the grass in football.

"It's about them learning, very very quickly, how I want them to play."

Defender Richie Sutton continued: "The key message from the manager is work rate, presentation and being on the same wavelength.

"We're nothing unless we work hard. We’ve got a tight-knit squad.

"It’s a question of quality more than quantity."